Australian News and Analysis

Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

Behind Clive Palmer’s populism

Australian News and Analysis September 2, 2014 at 10:56 am

In less than a year the Palmer United Party (PUP) has become a minor force in federal politics, and a thorn in the side of the Abbott Government. Set up by the billionaire mining magnate Clive Palmer, the PUP received 5.5% of the vote at last year’s federal election. By [...]

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Cracking Abbott’s Construction Code

Cracking Abbott’s Construction Code

Australian News and Analysis August 26, 2014 at 10:16 am

The Senate will soon vote on a raft of amendments to the Fair Work Act. These amendments include the Building and Construction (Fair and Lawful Building Sites) Code. By Simon Millar, Socialist Party If passed, the Code will be retrospective. This means it will be back dated to April 24th [...]

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Abbott’s kangaroo court

Abbott’s kangaroo court

Australian News and Analysis August 22, 2014 at 10:25 am

The Royal Commission into trade union corruption commenced hearings in mid-April. The government claims the Commission has been set up to weed out corruption but it is clearly a witch hunt designed to undermine the effectiveness of trade unions. By Socialist Party reporters The true motivations of the Commission have [...]

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New anti-protest laws in Tasmania

New anti-protest laws in Tasmania

Australian News and Analysis August 21, 2014 at 10:21 am

New anti-protest laws were passed through the Tasmanian Lower House on June 26. These laws will allow the police to arrest anyone who ‘interrupts a business’ that provides employment and wealth generation to Tasmania. This includes government run and owned facilities. By Nathan Warne Interrupting a business has been worded [...]

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Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

Abbott sends refugees back to their oppressors

Australian News and Analysis August 21, 2014 at 10:14 am

The reality of the Abbott government’s brutal refugee policy has been brought to the fore once again. Last month, 41 Tamil asylum seekers were handed back to the Sri Lankan navy after their boat was intercepted at sea. By Tim Tran, Socialist Party These people are now in the hands [...]

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Cuts facing the ABC

Cuts facing the ABC

Australian News and Analysis August 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm

The night before he was elected, Tony Abbott promised “no cuts to the ABC or SBS.” Now, months after announcing a $44 million funding cut to the ABC in the budget, the government has commissioned a review, with the help of ex-Seven West Media Limited CFO Peter Lewis, to examine [...]

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Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

Commonwealth Bank fraud exposes financial system

Australian News and Analysis August 19, 2014 at 1:49 pm

A Senate inquiry has found that Commonwealth Bank financial planners have engaged in fraud, forgery, and predatory and misleading practices since 2003. This resulted in massive losses for thousands of customers including people’s life savings and homes. By Kirk Leonard, Socialist Party Continuing revelations point towards a deeper level of [...]

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Fitzroy residents refuse to accept cuts

Fitzroy residents refuse to accept cuts

Australian News and Analysis August 14, 2014 at 11:37 am

Last month a small but important struggle was waged by public housing residents from the Atherton Gardens estate in Fitzroy. This struggle raised a number of broader lessons for the current movement against the Abbott government and the fight against cuts more generally. By Cllr Stephen Jolly, Socialist Party For [...]

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Developers eye off ‘The Block’

Developers eye off ‘The Block’

Australian News and Analysis August 12, 2014 at 10:19 am

Hundreds of people from Sydney’s Indigenous community have picketed since May to prevent the redevelopment of ‘The Block’ – a historic Aboriginal neighbourhood in inner Sydney. Developers are looking to build a massive commercial district in the area. By David Elliott, Socialist Party The Block in Redfern was originally the [...]

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Muckaty waste dump defeated

Muckaty waste dump defeated

Australian News and Analysis August 11, 2014 at 10:51 am

The traditional owners of Muckaty in the Northern Territory celebrated a significant victory last month with the Federal Government abandoning plans to build Australia’s first nuclear waste dump on their land. By Ben Coney, Socialist Party This came about after an out of court agreement was reached stating that the [...]

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